Schneeball | Rothenburg, Germany

hazelnut schneeball

Schneeball (snowball) is a pastry native to the Rothenburg ob der Tauber region of Germany. Each region of Germany has different pastries that are unique to that area, and Rothenburg’s happens to be schneeball.

Schneeballen have been around for nearly 300 years and were traditionally only made for special events, like weddings, but now are a popular treat found all over in Rothenburg.

Schneeball - Rothenburg's traditional pastry
Dough being wound into a ball (top) | Sliced and scalloped pastry dough (bottom)

Schneeball is made with short crust pastry dough that is sliced into scalloped strips, wound up, deep fried using a Schneeballeneisen, then covered in toppings and sometimes filled. You can purchase a Schneeballeneisen on Amazon.

Schneeball-Rothenburg's traditional pastry
Schneeball waiting to be sprinkled with powder sugar or other toppings | Schneeballeneisen (the ball shaped tool to fry them in)

A variety of flavors and variations can be found throughout the Rothenburg area. You’ll find schneeballen with caramel, hazelnut, and marzipan filling and topped with almonds, chocolate, pistachios, flavored chocolate, hazelnuts, and more.

Schneeball- Rothenburg's traditional pastry
A variety of schneeballen flavors

If you aren’t headed to the Rothenburg area, you can try making schneeballen at home. Here are some recipes to try out:

Rothenburg Schneeballen
Traditional Schneeballen Recipe
Fried Snowballs

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